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Most young people ages 12 to 17 do not drink. However, in 2014, about 2.9 million young people, or about 1 in 9 adolescents, reported alcohol use during the past month.1

Talk with young people early and often about the dangers of underage drinking. With your help, we can make sure that young people understand that they do not need to drink to fit in, have fun, or deal with the pressures of growing up. Use the resources on this site to help young people be too smart to start.

1 Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2015). Behavioral health trends in the United States: Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 15-4927, NSDUH Series H-50).

2 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). Report to Congress on the prevention and reduction of Underage drinking.


The Too Smart To Start website recognizes the importance of working with communities on the local level to promote underage alcohol use prevention messages that will influence the attitudes and behaviors of youth, their parents, and the broader community.

Featured Video

Engage your community in prevention through a Town Hall Meeting on underage drinking.

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View this video along with the corresponding slideshow.
Vea este vídeo y el pase de diapositivas al mismo tiempo.